By Mario Carr
Not sure how to use your telescope, or which type to purchase?
Then come out to the November 17 Hamilton Amateur Astronomers Telescope Clinic from 6 p.m.-10 p.m. at the Spectator Building, 44 Frid Street, Hamilton.
You’ll find knowledgeable club members with their telescopes and gear set-up to answer all your celestial questions. If you’re thinking about getting into astronomy, you’ll learn where to start, the type of gear you should buy and more importantly avoid.
If you’re already an amateur astronomer, this is a great opportunity to take the hobby to the next level. You’ll learn about CCD imaging, auto guiding and more. An optional non-perishable food donation for the Hamilton Food Share program will also be collected and appreciated at this family friendly event.
While you’re there, don’t forget to purchase the 2018 Hamilton Amateur Astronomers calendar. All photographs are taken by club members and profits go to the club. Here are November stargazing events, which are listed in the 2017 calendar.
Mercury can be seen in the south western evening sky. Venus and Mars can be seen in the south eastern sky at dawn. Jupiter is visible in the morning twilight south eastern sky later in the month. Saturn can be seen low in the south western evening twilight sky.
Nov. 4 – The Full Moon is called the Beaver Moon.
Nov. 10 – Hamilton Amateur Astronomers annual general meeting 7:30-9:30 p.m, Spectator Building, 44 Frid Street, Hamilton. Free admission, door prizes and everybody is welcome. An optional food bank donation of non-perishable goods will be collected and appreciated. Scheduled speaker is Mitchell Cornell.
Nov. 13 — Venus and Jupiter are extremely close together in the south eastern morning twilight sky.
Nov. 15 – The crescent Moon is below Mars in the south eastern dawn sky.
Nov. 16 – The crescent Moon is above the pairing of Venus and Jupiter in the south eastern dawn sky.
Nov. 17 – The Leonid meteor shower peaks under ideal conditions without the glare of the Moon.
Nov. 20 – The crescent Moon is above Saturn and Mercury in the south western evening sky at dusk.
For more information, see the Hamilton Amateur Astronomers website at http://www.amateurastronomy.org or call (905) 627-4323. The club offers a basic astronomy course for members.
Mario Carr is the club’s director of publicity and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Twitter: @MarioCCarr